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MLB Notebook: Why the Red Sox should be in the hunt for Noah Syndergaard; Lowe and Youkilis deserve kudos

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The offseason is just now beginning to pick up steam. There have been no significant free agent signings, but trade talk is simmering.

One player drawing the most attention in trade chatter is New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. The Mets are said to be focused on trying to extend Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, but are said to be willing listen on offers for Syndergaard.

To date, a half-dozen teams are said to be in pursuit of the pitcher. From all reports, the Red Sox are not involved.

On the surface, that's perfectly understandable. As currently constituted, the Red Sox rotation is a strong one, with Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright all set to return for 2018, with Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez available as depth options.

The Sox would like to retain free agent Nathan Eovaldi,